You can respond in one of three ways when you receive a compliment.
- You can play the “humble” card and pass off the credit to someone else, or deflect back a compliment to the giver.
- You can respond negatively with cynicism and pessimism and just be a jerk about it.
- You can simply say “thank you” and smile with gratitude and care.
Only one of these options helps create a culture where you call out each other’s strengths and compliments are both encouraged but also accepted.